Creative Christmas: Free and Fun Art Projects to Share with Kids

Nov 06, 2023
Christmas themed artworks for kids learning to draw and paint. Santa, gingerbread, wreath, Christmas tree, nativity scene.

The holiday season is the perfect time to embrace creativity and spend quality time with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or young person in your life. One fantastic way to do this is by engaging in art projects that celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Not only does it allow kids to express themselves, but it also creates cherished memories. Here we will explore a variety of free festive art activities you can enjoy with kids or teens to make this Christmas extra special.

  1. Handmade Christmas Cards:

Start your art journey with a classic: making Christmas cards by hand. Gather coloured paper, markers, stickers, or what ever you have lying around. Let your child's imagination run wild! They can draw, write messages, and decorate cards for family and friends. It's a thoughtful and personalised way to spread holiday cheer. Artventure has many Christmas themed art lessons you can use as the cover of your cards. Our FREE trial is the perfect way to find guidance on how to draw Christmas cards, simply sign up here.

  1. DIY Ornaments:

Creating homemade Christmas ornaments is a delightful tradition. You can use materials like salt dough, clay, or even recycled items like bottle caps. Let your kids mould, paint, and decorate these ornaments to hang on the tree or give as gifts. Artventure has a lesson on how to create a Christmas tree using air-dry clay. Use our free trial to check it out.

  1. Gingerbread House Decorating:

Building and decorating gingerbread houses is a beloved holiday activity. You can either bake gingerbread from scratch or purchase pre-made kits. Provide an array of colourful icing, lollies, and sprinkles, and watch as your kids turn simple gingerbread walls into edible (the messier the better, right?!) masterpieces. Artventure has a lesson on how to draw a gingerbread person if you don't have any actual gingerbread.

  1. Holiday Window Art:

Turn your windows into festive canvases with washable window markers or paint. Encourage your children to draw snowmen, reindeer, or Christmas trees (Artventure has all of these and more in our lesson library - sign up here for a free trial). This activity not only brings holiday spirit into your home but also adds curb appeal for neighbours and passersby. 

  1. Christmas Tree Art:

Create a large paper Christmas tree on a wall or bulletin board, and let your kids decorate it with their own handmade ornaments. This collaborative project can be ongoing throughout the holiday season as your children craft new decorations to add to the tree.

  1. Reindeer Handprints:

Make memorable reindeer handprint art. Paint your child's hand brown, press it onto paper, and add googly eyes, a red pom-pom nose, and antlers. These cute handprint reindeer make wonderful decorations or gifts. We also have a lesson on how to draw a reindeer in our online library of kids art lessons.

  1. Santa's Workshop:

Transform your home into Santa's workshop by setting up a crafting station. Provide various art supplies like coloured paper, scissors, glue, and glitter. Encourage your kids to create their own Christmas-themed crafts like paper snowflakes, wreaths, or paper plate Santas.

  1. Holiday Storybook Illustrations:

Read classic Christmas stories together, and then have your children illustrate their favourite scenes or characters from the books. This activity combines reading, storytelling, and art, fostering creativity and a love for literature. The Artventure library has some perfect art lessons to match the stories, sign up here for a free trial.

  1. Snow Globe Art:

In Australia we can only dream of snow at Christmas! But it's still fun to imagine. You could craft miniature snow globes using empty glass jars, water, glitter, and small figurines. These personalised snow globes make charming holiday keepsakes and are a great way to engage your children's creativity.


Engaging in art projects with your children during the Christmas season is a wonderful way to bond, create cherished memories, and instil the spirit of giving and creativity. These activities not only result in beautiful decorations and gifts but also foster imagination and the joy of the holiday season. So, grab your art supplies, set up a crafting space, and embark on a creative journey with your kids this Christmas.

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Happy crafting and Merry Christmas!